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FBI Flew Cyber Officials from Ukraine to U.S. for Training, Ukrainian Official Says

This week, the FBI hosted a delegation of cybersecurity officials from Ukraine in New York. The Ukrainian officials represented five different government agencies and will be meeting with American officials in Washington next week. In Washington, the group is set to meet with Jen Easterly, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director. According to a CISA representative, the trip is meant to strengthen collaboration with Ukraine when it comes to defending Ukraine from Russian cyberattacks. Victor Zhora, the deputy head of Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service said the delegation met with FBI director Christopher Wray and participated in panel at Fordham University focused on protecting Ukraine’s “virtual front-line.”

ANALYST NOTES

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, U.S. law enforcement agencies were already working to increase cooperation among partner agencies across the globe to combat cybercrime. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the amount of state sponsored cyber-attacks that have been launched at Ukraine have made cooperation a necessity. There is a growing fear that cyber-attacks by Russian forces will lead to criminals having more sophisticated attacks readily available. The increased collaboration between the U.S. and Ukraine will be mutually beneficial in understanding, preventing, and countering future cyber-attacks against Ukraine and all of their western allies.

FBI flew cyber officials from Ukraine to U.S. for training, Ukrainian official says